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Spaniard killed in Paris massacre 'shielded his wife from the gunmen'
16 November 2015 @ 23:50

PARIS attack victim Juan Alberto González Garrido put his own life on the line to shield his wife from the Kalashnikov bullets, according to a letter the young widow has written for her friends.

Ángela Reina, originally from Ciudad Real in the southern part of Castilla-La Mancha, was with Juan Alberto, 29, at the Eagles of Death Metal concert in the Bataclan stadium on the rue Voltaire on Friday when Jihad terrorists burst in and opened fire before blowing themselves up.

Released by two of her female friends, the letter says Ángela and Juan Alberto heard the sounds of gunfire and threw themselves on the ground where they were, slightly to the left of the central part of the spectator area.

“Before the shots, Juan Alberto was in front of me, so when we threw ourselves on the floor, my head was near his legs – and instinctively, I tried to cover my head,” Ángela wrote.

“At that moment I didn't know where I was, but he – I'm sure it was him – seemed to know where I was because he moved his legs so that my head was under him. He tried to protect me, I'm certain of that.

“Also, after a short while, he sat up and touched me, and said something to me which I couldn't understand. I think he said my name, and I saw he was kind of woozy. I sat up and slid over to him and tried to hold him up in my arms.

“I saw there was blood and I think I started to scream, but I can't remember very well.”

Ángela said the shots started up again, so the couple laid down once more and she rested against Juan Alberto's chest.

“There was a moment when some of the people got up and ran, but Juan Alberto couldn't move – he was unconscious so we couldn't leave,” the young woman continued.


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